S.D. newspaper wins Public Notice Journalism Award
MITCHELL, S.D. — The Daily Republic of Mitchell has been named the first recipient of the Public Notice Resource Center’s national Public Notice Journalism Award.
The newspaper is recognized for a series inaugurated by an alert reader who spotted a payment by the Huron School District in a public notice. The reader’s tip led to a protracted open records fight by the newspaper against the school district. The conclusion: the revelation of a $175,000 severance agreement with a former school superintendent that otherwise would not have reached the readers’ attention.
The award will be presented March 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Daily Republic Editor Seth Tupper will receive the award on behalf of the newspaper.
The Public Notice Journalism award was established last year by American Court and Commercial Newspapers in partnership with state newspaper associations. It is intended to encourage journalists to incorporate public notices into their reporting.
The Daily Republic is owned by Forum Communications Co., which also owns Forum News Service.